Co-CEO Of Nevada Online Poker Applicant Questioned By Belgian Authorities
Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment In Business Disputes With Country
Norbert Teufelberger, co-CEO of Nevada online poker applicant Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, was questioned by authorities in Belgium on Tuesday.
According to Reuters, the questioning is related to disputes over the firm’s business there, despite Bwin.com being on Belgium’s list of websites not permitted to take real-money bets.
Early this year, Belgium first published its “blacklist” of banned sites. Bwin.Party was added to the roster in May. Belgium requires a license to offer web gambling.
PokerStars, the firm’s biggest rival in the online poker arena, was one company that received permission to offer games to the nation’s 11 million people.
Teufelberger was approached after speaking at a “responsible gaming” conference in Brussels. According to Reuters: “A spokeswoman for the public prosecutor said Bwin had previously been asked to come to Brussels, but didn’t do so. Authorities then acted after they became aware that Teufelberger would be in Brussels on Tuesday.”
The company released a statement after reports began surfacing:
“In response to press reports this afternoon, the Group can confirm that Norbert Teufelberger, Co-CEO, was requested to attend an interview with the Belgium authorities. He complied voluntarily with this request and is co-operating fully with the authorities.”
Bwin.Party, owner of the popular PartyPoker and World Poker Tour brands, is the anticipated online poker software provider for Nevada-based MGM Resorts International — one of the largest brick-and-mortar casino companies in the world — and Boyd Gaming.
The U.K.-based online poker site applied in Nevada under its subsidiary BP Gaming Entertainment, Inc. The Silver State could be the gateway to the lucrative American market.
Teufelberger, co-founder of Bwin, was arrested in France in 2006 for a similar dispute.
It’s unclear if Tuesday’s development or the firm’s practices in Belgium will have any impact on its Nevada licensing process. State regulators said they look hard at firms that have operated in jurisdictions where the law was muddled. However, given the nature of the online betting world, a perfect compliance record is not thought to be possible.
Follow Brian Pempus on Twitter — @brianpempus
|1||Blom Wins $500K Online During World Series Of Poker|
|2||Poker Strategy -- Daniel Negreanu On Balance Versus Adaptability|
|3||A Poker Life: Jeff Madsen|
|4||Jerry Yang's World Series Of Poker Watch On eBay|
|5||Poker Strategy With Ed Miller: Dominating Deep Cash Games|
|6||Poker Strategy With Reid Young: Game Theory vs. Pot Odds|
|7||One Of Vegas' Oldest Casinos Finds Internet Poker|
|8||Poker Hand of the Week: 7/17/14|
|9||IGT Acquired By GTECH For $6.4 Billion|
|10||Card Player Poker Tour Choctaw Results: Events 2, 4 & 5|
|1||One Drop Winner Daniel Colman Didn't Talk To Media Because He Sees Poker 'As A Very Dark Game'|
|2||Pamela Anderson Divorces Rick Salomon Just Days After He Won $2.8 Million In 'Big One For One Drop'|
|3||Daniel Negreanu Had 87 Percent Of Himself In $1 Million One Drop Poker Tournament, Agent Says|
|4||Dozens Gamble On $1,000 Flips For World Series Of Poker Main Event Seat|
|5||Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Dead At 29|
|6||Daniel Colman Wins $15.3 Million In 2014 World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop|
|7||It Appears Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Has Played His Last WSOP Main Event|
|8||High-Stakes Poker Player Paul Phua Arrested In Las Vegas For Allegedly Taking Bets On World Cup|
|9||Poker Pro Chad Brown Loses His Battle With Cancer|
|10||With Top-Two Finish In One Drop, Daniel Negreanu Takes Lead On All-Time Tournament Money List|